ISBN 9789380601670,The Anthropologist and the Native: Essays for Gananath Obeyesekere

The Anthropologist and the Native: Essays for Gananath Obeyesekere



Anthem Press India

Publication Year 2012

ISBN 9789380601670

ISBN-10 9380601670

Paper Back

Number of Pages 494 Pages
Language (English)

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The Anthropologist and the Native is a collection of twenty essays by internationally known scholars of different persuasions, honouring the distinguished anthropologist Gananath Obeyesekere. The essays are arranged in six sections covering a range of topics that reflect Obeyesekeres wide interests, making it a truly multidisciplinary volume. The areas covered include the Indian tradition and its representation, textual elucidation, renunciation, and the transformaion of Buddhism.

About the Author
H. L. Seneviratne is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Virginia.

Table of Contents
Editors Note
Section 1: The Indian Tradition and its Representation
1. Paratha Mitter, Language and Race in Colonial Representations of Indian Society and Culture
2. John Nemec, When the Parampara Breaks: On Gurus and Students in the Mahabharata
3. Patrick Olivelle, The Living and the Dead: Ideology and Social Dynamics of Ancestral Commemoration in India
4. David Shulman, On Singularity: What Sanskrit Poeticians Believe to be Real
Section 2: Caste, Kinship, Land and Community
5. Lawrence A. Babb, Recasting a Caste: The Case of the Dadhic Brahmans
6. James Brow, Reconstituting Village Communities: Sir William Gregorys Efforts to Renovate Village Agriculture in Ceylons North Central Province
7. Dennis McGilvray, Dowry in Batticaloa: The Historical Transformation of a Matrilineal Property System
Section 3: Renunciation and Power
8. Arjun Appadurai, The Morality of Refusal
9. H. L. Seneviratne, Revolt in the Temple: Politics of a Paintings Project in Sri Lanka
10. Peter Van der Veer, Pain and Power: Reflections on Ascetic Agency
Section 4: Buddhism Transformed
11. Anne M. Blackburn, Buddhist Revival and the Work of Culture in 19th-century Lanka
12. Steven Kemper, Dharmapalas Buddhisms
13. Donald K. Swearer, Religion and Globalization from the Historical Perspective of Thai Buddhism
Section 5: The Enigma of the Text
14. Wendy Doniger, The Mythology of the Kamasutra
15. Malalgoda Kitsiri Malalgoda, Mandarampura Puvata: An Apocryphal Buddhist Chronicle
16. Romila Thapar, Variants as Historical Statements: The Rama-Katha in Early India
Section 6: The Anthropologist and the Native
17. Arjun Guneratne, Plain Tales from the Field: Reflections on Fieldwork in Three Cultures
18. Abdelmajid Hannoum, The (Re)Turn of the Native: Ethnography, Anthropology, and Nativism
19. R. L. Stirrat and Dinah Rajak, Romance of the Field
20. Mark Whitaker, Human Rights and Practical Rationality among Sri Lankan Tamils and Americans